Tinkham Tarns & Twin Lakes

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Day Hike - Tinkham Tarns & Twin Lakes

Walk south on the Pacific Crest Trail from Windy Gap to visit two tiny tarns at the base of Tinkham Peak. This easy hike’s round-trip mileage is 5 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

8:30AM at the Preston Park & Ride (North side of I-90, Exit 22).

Carpooling to our meeting place and from there to our trailhead east of Snoqualmie Pass is encouraged. it's a 75 miles roundtrip drive to from Preston to the trailhead. For any members or guests travelling from the east of the Cascades we can fix a meeting place closer to the trailhead.

 

Hike 2 ½ miles south from Windy Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail to visit two pretty little lakes at the base of Tinkham Peak. The lakes, which are just above the PCT, are reached via a short well traveled boot path. Although the title of our day hike includes it we will not be visiting the Twin Lakes.

We will take the hike at a moderate pace. A fair level of fitness and stamina is required.

Access to the trailhead is via a bumpy forest road with potholes. Higher clearance vehicles with 4 or all wheel drive will manage this best. We will hopefully have at least 2 such vehicles to carpool in on our trip. Carpooling to our meeting place and from there to our trailhead east of Snoqualmie Pass is encouraged. it's a 90 miles roundtrip drive from Preston to the trailhead. For any members or guests travelling from the east of the Cascades we can fix a meeting place closer to the trailhead. All vehicles left at the trailhead require a NW Forest Pass.

The map for this hike is the GT Snoqualmie Pass Gateway #207S

This hike will be co-led by Peggy Owen and Chris Ensor. Peggy scouted our route with her husband Ralph and will show the way. Questions should be directed to Chris: ctrails@comcast.net 206-794-5198.

 

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Tinkham Tarns & Twin Lakes


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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